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Old 29 April 2004, 05:21   #1
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RIB Racing 2004

Just opened a letter from Chris Strickland and Mike Shelton of BIBOA - it seems that they have decided after consulting with the members to change things a little for 2004!

All the RIB classes will race together on the same day.

Races will be over longer legs which will mean less safety cover and possibly a long wait for rescue!

For example:

Torquay - will be as far East as Teignmouth

Exmouth - over 100 miles to the Eddystone and back

Fairlie - from Largs to Inchmarnock and back with a lap of Great Cumbrae

Poole - they are resurecting the Needles trophy for RIBS (not the Needles Trophy from Cowes which is the 2 litre round the Island trophy) dating from 1932.

Cowes - Will of course be running the Cowes Torquay Cowes again

We (all classes) will be racing for:

BIBOA National Champs
RYA National Champs
Stockdale Grand Prix
RIB World Cup
British Harmsworth Trophy
Needles Trophy

That's a lot of silverware!

Sounds like an interesting year for the RIBS and at least they will be able to afford to go a bit slower round the corners as there will be fewer of them!

If anyone is interested in being involved as a rescue boat or helping on land please get in touch with BIBOA - via the website would be best or PM me your details and I will pass them along!
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Old 29 April 2004, 05:42   #2
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Hi Cookee
wow that is alot of silverware
re the safety boat cover if im not working i can provide some cover for the SOLENT will you/ BIBOA cover fuel costs but can,t promise until nearer the time sorry
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Old 29 April 2004, 06:13   #3
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Sounds like a bit of proper offshore racing! How does that fit with the RYA? Will you be allowed to go out if it's windy?

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Hi Cookee
wow that is alot of silverware
re the safety boat cover if im not working i can provide some cover for the SOLENT will you/ BIBOA cover fuel costs but can,t promise until nearer the time sorry
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It is a lot of Silver isn't it!

The racing in the Solent will be August Bank Holiday - I will try and find out for you about the fuel and let you know - Jim Mackintosh is the BIBOA secretary you can email him at: biboa@talk21.com - his other details are the website at: http://www.biboa.com/contact.htm
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Old 29 April 2004, 06:37   #5
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Sounds like a bit of proper offshore racing! How does that fit with the RYA? Will you be allowed to go out if it's windy?

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Another of the reasons why I'm defecting to RIBs - it seems the RYA are too scared to send the class 3 boats out when it is ok for RIBS to race - the farce that was the last Blackpool race is a good example! - My opinion is that if the safety boats can pick up people and tow a boat in then it's ok to race - if you don't want to race - don't or go slower! We are not trying to put lives at risk here, just to have a good time!

I really believe that in some circumstances batboats are neither strong enough nor good enough sea boats (in a following sea) to race, so despite having built a strong enough boat and suffered a weight penalty and it being less efficient but more seaworthy - the circumstances where I could benefit from all of this I'm not allowed to race!
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so despite having built a strong enough boat and suffered a weight penalty and it being less efficient but more seaworthy - the circumstances where I could benefit from all of this I'm not allowed to race!

Sounds to me like you built the wrong kind of boat

Working on that principal you should be allowed to enter the British Grand Prix in your pick up truck!
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Working on that principal you should be allowed to enter the British Grand Prix in your pick up truck!
See your point but they don't stop the racing because they are worried some of the field might break their cars! Besides I have won in the rough conditions when they do let us out!
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I really believe that in some circumstances batboats are neither strong enough nor good enough sea boats (in a following sea) to race, ..........
Bit of a newbie's question here : D Would it not be harder for bat boats (or any other boat) in a 'head on' sea? I thought in a following sea boats had a tendancy to ride over the top of the waves more, rather through them ?

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Tips - fair enough question - everyone has to start somewhere!


All boats behave the same in a head sea - the bow is pushed up by the angle of the waves so it is importan to trim the engine in and fill the bow tank if necessary.

Downwind the shape of the waves tend to make the bow of a boat bury itself in the next wave, hence it is important to empty the bow tank and trim the engine out - the shape of a Batboat being very pointy means that once the boat is pointed downwards it just carries on downwards!
If you ever get the chance of seeing a batboat, stand in front of it and look at the shape of the bow and you will see what I mean!
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We never get anything for fuel for the safety boats in Torbay! But I will still be out though doing safety/rescue etc.! See you In Torquay Cookee!
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